PRIA insists its 'business as usual'

PRIA insists its 'business as usual'
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The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) has insisted it is “business as usual” despite multiple reports of in-fighting and mass resignations following the election of new president Mike Watson.

Multiple board members have stepped down following Watson’s election and former president Teri-Helen Gaynor’s decision not to re-nominate.

According to Crikey board members from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have resigned.

Today’s statement from interim CEO, Catriona Barry (pictured), said Watson is supporting “a number” of new state representatives to the board.

The statement did not confirm how many resignations have followed Watson’s appointment nor which states require new national representatives.

The full statement is below:

Sydney: Wednesday 12 February 2014 Interim CEO, Catriona Barry said its “business as usual” at the PRIA national office, as the industry body continues to provide the range of quality services members have become accustomed to in the last year. 

Following the Institute’s Extraordinary General Meeting last week, the newly elected President, Michael Watson, is supporting a number of State Divisions to appoint new state representatives to our National Board.

Ms Barry said there are a lot of successes on which to build. The National Conference in Adelaide was a huge success last year; it was quickly followed by a very popular Sydney Summer School in January which is now in its second year. The focus of a very dedicated staff has now turned to the PRIA PoweR days which will feature outstanding industry specialists providing professional development to various levels of membership.

“My role at PRIA has always been an interim role and my departure has been planned for some time” said Barry. “I am currently working on finding a permanent CEO.  I wish Mike Watson and the Institute every success and am confident that there is ample depth within our 2,000 strong membership base to fill the gap caused by recent departures.”

Ms Barry thanked outgoing directors for their hard work and in particular outgoing President Terri-Helen Gaynor for her dedication and contributions to the PRIA. 

With a range of webinars for the year ahead, the introduction of the PRIA online newsroom and the Golden Target Awards heading into its 38th year, it looks like a very busy year ahead for the PRIA.

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